Marc Swanson & Joe Mama-Nitzberg in Residence: February 23 – April 27, 2019

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Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation is pleased to present the Ojai Institute’s inaugural Artist Residency with Marc Swanson and Joe Mama-Nitzberg, a two person exhibition project. The exhibition opens to the public on Saturday, February 23, with a conversation with the artists at 5:00 pm immediately followed by a reception. This event is free and open to the public. The exhibition will be on view through April 27, 2019.

Marc Swanson received his MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, in 2004. He has been on the board of Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture since 2011. He attended Skowhegan in 2000, and was faculty at Skowhegan in 2014. He is a contemporary American artist whose hand-made work brings together formal preoccupations and references to personal history and identity conflict. He works in a variety of media, including sculpture, drawing, video, photography, and complex installations. His work has been exhibited widely including The Whitney Museum of American Art, MOMA PS1, New Museum, CAMH Houston, Walker Art Center, ICA Boston, Tensta Konsthall and others. He is the recipient of a Pollock Krasner grant and will have a solo exhibition at MASS MOCA in 2021.

Joe Mama-Nitzberg lives and works in Catskill, New York. He received his MFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. He works in various forms and media including photography, video and collage. His work has been featured in exhibitions at Grant Wahlquist Gallery, Gallerie Catherine Bastide, Regina Rex, David Zwirner, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, the Seattle Museum of Art, the Salzburger Kunstverein, the Renaissance Society, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Denmark), and White Columns, among others. Mr. Mama-Nitzberg is a frequent contributor to Frog Magazine. His work is in the collection of the Walker Art Center and he is a recent recipient of an Art Matters Grant.

The Ojai Institute is an initiative of the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation, and a new platform for engagement and learning that celebrates the unique vision of artists. At the heart of the Ojai Institute is an Artist in Residence program based in Ojai. The Ojai Institute also includes a student education program, an exhibition program, and an artist conversation series podcast. The Ojai Institute is committed to artists, and to free thought and dialog. All programs will be free and open to the public.

Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 2015 by artists, family, and friends to celebrate the legacy of esteemed art patron and private art dealer Carolyn Glasoe Bailey. Currently based in Ojai, California, the organization is committed to supporting the arts and sciences, and educating the public about the importance of continuing support for the arts and sciences. Current initiatives include unrestricted cash grants for artists, funding for education initiatives, as well as a residency program in Ojai, consisting of a series of exhibition projects, public programs, and a podcast conversation series available on iTunes.

Surreal By Nature at Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara December 6, 2018 – May 5, 2019

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Artists included:
Kelly Akashi, Matthew Barney, Petra Cortright, Rob Fischer, Penelope Gottlieb, Cole M James, Miranda Lichtenstein, Yassi Mazandi, David Rathman, Monica Reede, Ry Rocklen, Peter Rostovsky, Melanie Schiff, Lisa Schulte, Alec Soth, Kevin Sudeith, Marc Swanson, Charlotta Westergren.

Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation is pleased to announce an exciting new exhibition partnership with the Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara. Surreal By Nature opens to the public Thursday, December 6, 2018, and features artworks from the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Study Collection augmented with a special selection of additional works. The exhibition is curated by Frederick Janka, Executive Director, and John Connelly, principal of JC Connelly, Inc and will be on view through May 5, 2019.

The exhibition is a hybrid model of public-private partnership between the Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara, the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation, with the support of JC Connelly, Inc, and features artworks that focus on elements of nature (or nature-like elements) that appear abstracted, unearthly or transformed by the artists’ interaction and/or encounter with them. Of the Surreal By Nature exhibition, Daniel Alvarado, Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara’s General Manager, says, “Our hotel is excited to be partnering with the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation to share unexpected art encounters with both locals and guests in the unique space of our hotel and to create a connection to our community that extends beyond our front door.”

About Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Study Collection:
The core of the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation is a collection of sculpture, painting, photography, works on paper and editions inherited from the private collection of Carolyn Glasoe Bailey. Works included represent many of the artists she championed throughout her career as well as gifts by artists and supporters of the foundation in order to augment the collection in representative ways. The Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Study Collection is intended to be available for public exhibition with works loaned to art, education, and health focused institutions throughout the Tri-County region.

About Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara:
Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara blends historic splendor with sophisticated design to offer artful lodging in the Funk Zone. As Santa Barbara’s closest hotel to the Amtrak station, with complimentary bike rentals and nearby bike and foot paths to downtown, the beach, and Stearns Wharf, this hotel is the perfect car-free lodging choice. Contemporary art graces this 41-room boutique hotel which features pet-friendly, micro guestrooms with room service available from the award-winning Santo Mezcal restaurant, free WIFI, modern appointments, and some rooms with private, outdoor gardens. Facilities include an art library, open-air lounges, business center, fitness room, and boardroom.

Yassi Mazandi in Residence: November 3, 2018 – February 19, 2019

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Yassi Mazandi in Residence
November 3, 2018 – February 19, 2019 – Extended!

Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation is pleased to announce a new exhibition project with Yassi Mazandi, our next Artist in Residence. One of the highlights of our fall program, Yassi Mazandi in Residence is curated by Frederick Janka, Executive Director, and will feature a selection of recent ceramic sculptures by the Iranian born and Los Angeles based artist. A new collection of works on paper will also be created on site as part of her residency and in partnership with the Turtle Conservancy. This will be the artist’s first institutional solo exhibition on the West Coast and promises to be a tour de force.

Important dates are listed below:

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 3, 2018, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Conversation with the Artist and Frederick Janka, Executive Director. Free and Open to the Public. Followed by a hosted reception

Artist Dinner: Saturday, November 3, 2018, 8:00 pm
Ticketed dinner celebrating the artist, $100 per person.

Workshop: Sunday, November 4, 2018, 11:00 am
Ceramics Workshop with Yassi Mazandi at Firestick Pottery, $250 per person, includes a light lunch.

The innovative strategies in Yassi’s studio practice have also inspired our programatic theme this fall of Learning the Wrong Way. As an artist that is constantly experimenting and challenging conventional approaches to learning, Yassi actively pushes the boundaries of how an artist should use material. For example, experimenting with self-defined modes of working with ceramics have led the artist to use paper porcelain to make amorphous and bulbous wheel-thrown pods. She has also developed an intuitive technique of hand carving clay over many weeks to produce intricate and otherworldly forms. Both examples of her technique will be featured in her exhibition.

We are grateful to the following for their support of Yassi Mazandi in Residence:

Lila & Dines Francese, Laurie & Marc Recordon, Yasmine & Sam Zodeh, Terry Zucker, and Absolute Framers

and our Residency partner: Turtle Conservancy

SOLD OUT

Contact:

Frederick Janka, Executive Director
fjanka@cgbfoundation.org, 805.633.9188

Image: (detail) Yassi Mazandi in her Studio Los Angeles by Tim Hailand

Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Art Prize 2018: Ry Rocklen

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Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation is pleased to announce the 2018 Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Art Prize winner, Ry Rocklen. The prize consists of a $10,000 unrestricted grant, a residency and an exhibition project, both in Ojai, California. The artist’s exhibition project, titled Pixievision, will be on view July 1 – September 4, 2018.

Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Art Prize Gala will take place on Saturday, June 30 at a private residence in Ojai. Tickets are available starting at $150 and will include a cocktail reception, chef’s dinner, and award ceremony. Tickets may be purchased online here or by contacting Frederick Janka, Executive Director at fjanka@cgbfoundation.org, or 805.633.9188. Proceeds benefit Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation’s residency & education programs.

Ry Rocklen lives and works in Los Angeles, where he was born in 1978. He has been the subject of solo exhibitions at galleries and institutions both stateside and abroad. His work is included in the collections of the Hammer Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He was featured in the 2012 iteration of Made in L.A., the Biennial exhibition at the Hammer Museum, the 2008 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and most recently featured in The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin at the Jewish Museum in New York, and L’Institut d’esthétique Dans le cadre de La Manutention at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.

Ry Rocklen in Residence: Pixievision, July 1 – September 4, 2018

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Ry Rocklen in Residence: Pixievision

The Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation is pleased to announce the exhibition project Ry Rocklen in Residence: Pixievision, curated by Frederick Janka, Executive Director. Ry Rocklen is the recipient of the 2018 Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation Art Prize. Ry Rocklen in Residence: Pixievision will be on view July 1 – September 4, 2018, with a free and public reception to celebrate the exhibition on Saturday, June 30. Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation is currently open Monday – Wednesday, 11:00am to 5:00pm, and by appointment. Admission is free.

Ry Rocklen lives and works in Los Angeles, where he was born in 1978. He has been the subject of solo exhibitions at galleries and institutions both stateside and abroad. His work is included in the collections of the Hammer Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He was featured in the 2012 iteration of Made in L.A., the Biennial exhibition at the Hammer Museum, the 2008 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and most recently featured in The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin at the Jewish Museum in New York, and L’Institut d’esthétique Dans le cadre de La Manutention at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.